Coronavirus Awareness and School Updates
of coronavirus (COVID-19).
May 11, 2020
Dear St. Monica Catholic Schools Families,
As we enter week 8 of remote learning, we hope this finds you well.
In our letter of early April, we held out hope for a return to in-school learning before the end of the school year in June. We are now saddened to announce that we will be continuing with distance learning for the rest of this school year.
The health and well-being of our students and their families, and of our faculty and staff, is paramount. Our action is directed by guidance from local health and government officials, and by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Department of Catholic Schools.
Our planning now is twofold. In the short term, the elementary and high school will each provide separate details on the ending of the school year, the return of electronic devices and other school materials, and the pick-up of any personal items that remain at school. For the eighth graders and seniors, additional information will be provided regarding Baccalaureates and graduations. Our hope is to provide a memorable set of experiences, working within the constraints of public health and government directives.
In the middle to longer term, we have begun planning for return to school in the late summer. We will prepare for a possible return to campus, with all of the safety precautions that that will entail, but with the understanding that if conditions dictate, school will begin next year as it is ending this year – remotely.
Neil Quinly, James Spellman, Kevin McCardle
April 2, 2020:
Dear St. Monica Catholic Schools Families,
In our ongoing efforts to protect the health and wellbeing of our schools community, we are announcing a change to our expected return-to-campus date. The date that we announced two weeks ago for the students to return to campus was April 20, the Monday after Easter break. Realistically, April 20 is no longer a viable return date. To better match conditions in Los Angeles with regard to COVID-19, our new policy is that we will be running school via distance learning until further notice. This is the distancing policy directed by the Governor, and it is the return-to-school policy adpoted by Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District. It allows us and it allows you to begin planning for after April 20, and it allows us the flexibility to return to campus as soon as conditions warrant. This decision was reached in consultation with Monsignor and with the Schools Board; it has their full support.
We are not ready to throw in the towel on this school year and cancel it completely (as most universities have done). At some point we may be forced to that, but our hope is that students will return to campus in time for both the 8th grade and the seniors to have graduation on the currently scheduled dates. We are committed to returning as soon as it is safe and practicable. You can expect to hear from us regularly as plans develop.
Yesterday at mass, Dr. McCardle spoke about hope, and finding hope in a future that we have a difficult time discerning. We have hope in a loving God, and we have faith in the capacity of your families to get through this. It is our fervent belief that St. Monica Catholic Schools will be stronger educationally because of this experience. We greatly appreciate your forbearance.
Neil Quinly, James Spellman and Kevin McCardle
We want to inform you that based on the most recent order of the Health Officer of the LA County Department of Public Health ("Safer at Home Order for Control of COVID-19" issued March 19, 2020), St. Monica Catholic Schools will not reopen to on-site learning on April 1 as previously planned. The Health Officer's order mandates that we continue online distance learning until April 20, the Monday after our planned Easter break. We will continue to provide you with updates to that plan as we receive them.
There is a line in Psalm 51, "Lord, in the secret of my heart, teach me wisdom." That is our prayer for ourselves and our administrative teams. Please, pray for us to receive wisdom's guidance.
Our prayers go out to you and your families, and to all those affected by this viral pandemic.
Kevin McCardle, James Spellman and Neil Quinly
We will send another letter later in the day with more details, but we wanted to get this information to you so you can begin your planning. We appreciate the enormous disruption this will have on your family life, and will do our best to mitigate as much as the disruption as possible.
Please continue to pray.
Kevin McCardle, James Spellman, & Neil Quinly
Period 1/2 8:40am - 10:05am
Period 3/4 10:20am - 11:45am
Lunch 11:45am - 12:40pm
Period 5/6 12:45pm - 2:10pm
Office hours/tutoring hours/Advisory 2:15pm - 3:00pm